Cricketers are still making deals with bookies, says Ali Bacher

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Cronje’s name was included in the chargesheet

Former Cricket South Africa chief Ali Bacher has announced that cricketers today are still in contact with bookmakers as they continue to make deals to fix matches.

“Salman Butt, the former Pakistani cricket captain, has recently acknowledged that he had personally interacted with bookmakers in a Test two years ago,” Bacher told The Citizen.

Bacher’s comments come after Delhi police named deceased South African captain Hansie Cronje in their match-fixing chargesheet.

Two other South African players, Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje, did not have their names added to the chargesheet as police concluded that there was insufficient evidence against them.

Speaking about the chargesheet, Bacher said: “Cricket lovers and supporters around the world can take heart and comfort that bookmakers allegedly involved in this malpractice are facing criminal charges.”

When Cronje has been indicted for match-fixing in 2000, Bacher was one of the first people to come to his defence, stating that “Cronje is known for his unquestionable integrity and honesty”.

However, just four days later, Bacher admitted to being duped after Cronje broke down and confessed his crimes.

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